water hyacinth


Definition of water hyacinth

: a showy floating aquatic herb (Eichhornia crassipes) of tropical South America that has become naturalized in warm regions (as of the southern U.S.) often clogging waterways

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Recent Examples on the Web The water hyacinth most likely originated in Brazilian rainforests, and became a popular addition to garden ponds worldwide in the 1890s. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 Bridges likes baskets for detergent and laundry made of various materials including seagrass from West Elm, recycled plastic from Serena & Lily and water hyacinth from the Container Store. Washington Post, "Six design tricks to make laundry feel like less of a chore," 25 Sep. 2019 Like water hyacinth, another hugely problematic aquatic invasive plant with which it sometimes is found in concert, salvinia can create huge, dense mats that boats find almost impenetrable. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boaters key to slowing invasive species," 3 Mar. 2018 Whether introduced by accident or design, foreign species such as New Guinea flatworms, South American apple snails, and Amazonian water hyacinths can trigger a cascade of environmental fallouts affecting fragile local ecosystems. Tibor Krausz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this Thai businessman was named a ‘biodiversity hero’," 4 Apr. 2018 Several areas that were roseau marsh last year are now open water or covered in water hyacinth, a foreign weed that does nothing to protect the coast from erosion and storm damage. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Bug killing Louisiana's wetlands crosses the border into Texas," 15 Oct. 2017 For instance, invasive zebra mussels can out-compete native species and even clog water intakes, and invasive aquatic weeds, like water hyacinth or hydrilla, can choke out native plants and even fish. The Nature Conservancy, Country Living, "7 Ways You Can Help Keep Our Water Sources Clean," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of water hyacinth

1706, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Water hyacinth.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20hyacinth. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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Kids Definition of water hyacinth

: a floating water plant that often clogs streams in the southern United States

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